Michelle Obama pays tribute to Beyoncé, presenting BET Humanitarian Award to 'The Queen'

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Michelle Obama pays tribute to Beyoncé, presenting BET Humanitarian Award to 'The Queen'

Former first lady Michelle Obama presented Beyoncé with the 2020 Humanitarian of Year Award at the BET Awards Sunday night.

"I am here to talk about The Queen, you know the one," Obama said in a video presentation, which began the accolades to the singer and activist. "Ever since she was a little girl in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles Carter has been lighting up the stages and gracing the world with her talent, with her generosity of spirit and with her love for her community."

"You can see it in everything she does. From her music that gives voice to Black joy and Black pain, to her activism that demands justice for Black Lives," said Obama. "And no matter how big the stages get, I know my girl isn't satisfied unless she's sharing all that shine she has with the next generation."

The video focused on Beyoncé's work with the community, education initiatives, low-income housing and providing increased support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Obama said Beyoncé has been a key influence for young performers, "pulling up" a new generation of singers such as Chloe x Halle.

"That's why she's calling out s3xism and racism when she sees it, paving a path for new artists trying to navigate the music industry," said Obama.

Obama praised Beyoncé for rewriting "Get Me Bodied" for the White House's "Let' Move" exercise and health initiative, saying she "got a whole lot of kids shaking it on the dance floor."

"She's always turning up, looking out and making us all a little bit better, a little more fierce," said Obama. "To my girl, I just want to say, you inspire me. You inspire all of us."Obama ended the tribute with a smile, saying, "Congratulations girl, love you so much."

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